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Microaggressions: Self-defense Strategies for Targets and Bystanders

July 29 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM CDT

Unfair treatment and violence based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion continue to be persistent parts of daily life for many. Microaggressions are “brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership.” Although these encounters may be brief, research results show that they can negatively impact the health and quality of life of the targets. How then can targets, bystanders, and allies manage and respond to them? In this session, using Sue et al.’s (2019) micro-intervention framework we will discuss and practice strategies that target, bystanders, and allies can use to respond to microaggressions.

Attendees should have an understanding of microaggressions.

Bring: An open mind, writing tools, and possibly an electronic device

Wear: n/a

Appropriate For:
  • Adults 18 plus, All Genders
  • Intermediate Experience
  • No Exertion
Areas of Focus:
  • Model Course
  • Teaching Skills
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Wellness
  • Microaggressions
  • ESD
Wentz Science Center, room 254


July 29
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM CDT
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Wentz Science Center, room 254
-- 131 S. Loomis St.
Naperville, IL 60540 United States


Darlene C. DeFour, PhD


Appropriate for
Adults 18 plus, All Genders
Recommended Experience Level
Intermediate Experience
Exertion Level
No Exertion

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